6476 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
Dining date: 5/25/15
Addendum opened in 2011 behind Ad Hoc serving picnic favorites on Thursdays through Saturdays for lunch (Spring/Summer only). It’s easily the most approachable way to try some of Thomas Keller’s food in Yountville since it doesn’t require making a reservation and is very family-friendly. Food is ordered from a little shack in the back and eaten throughout picnic benches or even on the lush grassy areas.
Ad Hoc’s most famous dish has to be its herb-brined fried chicken served every other Monday night. But here at Addendum, the chicken is always on the lunch menu (along with BBQ pork ribs or pulled pork and a couple of rotating side dishes).
I’ve had the fried chicken at Ad Hoc before (and again at Bouchon Beverly Hills, even cooking it once at home), but it’s been a while since I’ve had it. Following our dinner at The French Laundry, we came here for a quick meal before leaving town. We picked up a bucket of fried chicken and an order of pork ribs to eat on the picnic tables. It was a beautiful day to be outside with a bucket of fried chicken.
The fried chicken was as I had remembered it. The meat was juicy, flavored throughout with the herb brine, and surrounded by a crunchy salty coating. Both white and dark meat was moist making for some fantastic fried chicken. Great textures and plenty of flavor.
BBQ Pork Ribs honey cornbread
BBQ ribs were tender with a sweet-savory glaze. Smoke flavor was very subtle, but these were not lacking in flavor.
A couple of sides came with our meats, both of them solid to balance the richness of the chicken and ribs.
Addendum’s a great addition to the Keller lineup and provides a very casual and relaxed way to try some of Ad Hoc’s favorites including this fried chicken. A visit is highly recommended but be sure to come early or order online in advance; Addendum can get very crowded and food does sell out.